9 Benefits of Progressive Web Apps You Need to Know

January 11, 2019

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Progressive Web Apps provide similar functionalities and user interface to native apps, but we only need to write one simple code to run an app on every possible device and platform. Development of these apps is cheaper than in the case of native ones, they are created much faster and allow to expand reach really quickly. What other benefits do Progressive Web Apps have? Find out how can they help you to get ahead of your competition.

Progressive Web Apps: Simply Speaking

What are Progressive Web Apps? Websites displayed through a browser which use modern web capabilities to provide the look and experience of a mobile app. In other words, they are websites in mobile apps’ shells. They offer similar user interface and functionalities to the best native apps, and a user doesn’t even notice that they are different than a regular mobile app on his phone. Excellent User Experience is one of the most important advantages of Progressive Web Apps.

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How does it work? An app earns its right to interact with a user. A relationship between the app and its user builds progressively, as a user visits the app’s website. Then, over time, the app becomes powerful. When a user engages with its website enough, the browser offers prompts asking if he wants to keep the app on the screen.

When users launch them from the home screen, Progressive Web Apps start to act like mobile ones. They load extremely fast as full screen experience, send relevant push notifications and work even offline.

Why Progressive Web Apps Are the Solution For You?

According to recent studies, consumers spend more than 5 hours a day on their smartphones. What is more, mobile phones generated 52,2% of all worldwide online traffic in 2018. The increasing mobile usage entirely changed the way we see and use the web.

The Most Important Benefits of Progressive Web Apps

Let’s get familiar with the 9 most important benefits of Progressive Web Apps that can seriously get you ahead of the competition.

1. They are easy to develop: that means lower costs and faster development

Developers create Progressive Web Apps using well-known web technologies.

2. They are easy to distribute and update

Progressive Web Apps are distributed by a browser, there is no need to go through app stores to distribute themOur app doesn’t need to be downloaded from an app store to be installed on a device. The process is faster and free of app store charges for both companies and users (there is no need to pay any fee to an app store to distribute or download the app). We are also free as regards to our app’s design, features and content — we don’t need to go through any reviews.

3. They maximize your reach

A Progressive Web App helps to maximize reach quickly. Why? Because producing one app, we reach the people on all desired platforms and devices. Thanks to that we can expand our market reach faster than the ones who develop a separate app for every platform. Besides, experts proved that the fewer clicks, the more likely people will stay with our app. We don’t need to install a Progressive Web App, and according to studies, each additional click required to install an app, results in a drop-off rate around 20%.

4. They can run on any device and look perfect

Progressive Web Apps run on a browser, and thanks to that are universal. They adapt themselves to every screen. They are progressive, so work perfectly on every device, no matter what kind of browser someone uses. Progressive Web Apps are also responsive, which means they fit every device’s screen perfectly.

5. They are easy-accessible and work really fast

One of the most significant advantages of Progressive Web Apps is that they provide a user with content, information, and experience he needs in the fewest number of steps. Progressive Web Apps require a minimal amount of effort from a user to provide him what he needs. That increases users engagement with an app.

6. They work offline

Progressive Web App loads content in the cache of a mobile device. The first time a user visits an app, the cache system allows all the content or part of it (it depends on our decision) to be locally stored. A user can access this content during the next visits even if he is offline.

7. They offer push notifications, adding to a home screen and a few other essential functionalities

The app uses service workers and a push API to deliver notifications. Web push notifications make it easier to re-engage with the app, by showing relevant and timely communications even when the browser is closed.

8. They are secure

These days security is critical. Progressive Web Apps ensure a high level of protection because they are served through the HTTPS connection. That secures all the users’ sensitive data the app needs to process.

9. They provide an app-like experience

Developers build PWAs using a model called an app shell. When a PWA displays at full screen, it doesn’t have any URL bar or forward and backward banners as a browser does. It also responds quickly with minimum page refreshes. The experience connected with scrolling, transitions, and animations is flawless. A Progressive Web App provides native app-like navigation and interactions.

A Progressive Web App is a website in a mobile app shell. It can be quickly developed and distributed on every device and platform possible. It’s easy-accessible and has many useful and unique features and functionalities. Developing a Progressive Web App helps you with maximizing reach quickly and getting ahead of the competition. That is an excellent opportunity for startups or businesses from a highly competitive market.

Are you looking for experienced Progressive Web App developers? At Appstronauts, we can provide you with a knowledgeable team that will also help you with the business side of a project. Just send us a message at hello@appstronauts.co or fill this short form.


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